Maria Sharapova needs no introduction at all. She is a tennis-star and will always be. Now that she is 32 years old, she is bidding goodbye to her favourite sport i.e. Tennis after winning 5-times Grand Slam titles. Now you must be thinking about the reason behind doing so. Yes, there is a reason, Maria has been dealing with shoulder problems for years. She has played only two matches this season and lost both.
She told about her decision in an essay written for Vanity Fair and Vogue
In an essay written for Vanity Fair and Vogue about her decision to walk away from the sport, posted online Wednesday, Sharapova asks: “How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known?”
Maria Sharapova burst onto the tennis scene at 17 when she has won Wimbledon in 2004 and would go on to complete a career Grand Slam with two titles at the French Open and one each at the U.S. Open and Australian Open. The Russian moved to Florida when she was a child, she has served a 15-month ban after failing a doping test in 2016. After the suspension, she managed to reach an only major quarterfinal.
She finally decided to give up with Tennis after having lost 4 consecutive matches at Grand Slam tournaments
After getting huge success on the Tennis court and off so much time in the spotlight, Sharapova has finally decided to walk off from Tennis after having lost 4 consecutive matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
Her latest Tennis match happened last month only where she was beaten by 6-3, 6-4 by Donna Vekic. That has sent her ranking tumbling outside of the top 350. Now, she ranks on 373 numbers this week and since then she has not played even a single match.
After getting consecutive defeats in her matches, she was repeatedly asked whether it was her last appearance at Melbourne Park where she won the trophy in 2008, she said: “I don’t know”. But her shoulder injuries are becoming more of a problem now for which she has to say goodbye to Tennis.
She played a total of 15 matches last season, going 8-7
“I put in all the right work. There is no guarantee that evens when you do all of those things, that you’re guaranteed victory in a first-round or the third round or the final. That’s the name of this game,” Sharapova said after what turned out to be her final match. “That’s why it’s so special to be a champion, even for one time.”
Have a look at what Maria Sharapova has to say about her retirement missive
Tennis showed me the world—and it showed me what I was made of. It’s how I tested myself and how I measured my growth. And so in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I’ll still be pushing. I’ll still be climbing. I’ll still be growing. pic.twitter.com/kkOiJmXuln
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) February 26, 2020
“In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life”. – Maria Sharapova
“I’ll miss it every day. I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day. – Maria Sharapova
“I’ll miss my team, my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench. The handshakes – win or lose – and the athletes, whether they knew it or not, who pushed me to be my best. – Maria Sharapova
“Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible.” – Maria Sharapova